Stephen and his wife Linda live in Kirkham and for 13 years Stephen managed the Face To Face Homelessness Charity merging it into Fylde Coast YMCA some ten years ago. As Housing Director at the YMCA, Stephen was responsible for developing various community projects including The Credit Union and Fylde Counselling Service.
Reflecting on his former appointments in East London and Newcastle-on-Tyne of working as Methodist Minister, Hospital Chaplain and part time tutor with the Urban Theology Unit in Sheffield, Stephen is clearly committed to encouraging individuals and communities to be honest about their hopes and needs and finding how faith in God can help them be met in Body, Mind and Spirit.
|Stephen is our Minister but is already known to us and well known on the Fylde Coast having lived and worked in Fylde for 18 years and prior to that he was a Minister in Blackpool.|
Do you or don’t you tell the truth when you come back from holiday? When you’ve had a great holiday it’s easy but when it was disappointing do you make out it was better than it was rather than admit you made a bad choice when browsing the brochures? Do you put up with things and make the most of it while there and when home put it on Trip Advisor so that others are aware?
We all go with expectations based on other places visited and what friends, the brochure and tour guides, written and spoken, have said. Some of us research in detail, understand the star rating and are aware of cultural differences in food, reserving sun beds and queuing! Things don’t always run to plan.
Even the Queen’s holiday arrangements had to be delayed this week so that she can meet the new Prime Minister before departing for Balmoral. While the outcome of the leadership contest is long predicted, behind the headlines are questions to be answered about what we can expect, will hopes and promises be fulfilled. In the months ahead some will claim mis-representation while others will respond ‘your misunderstanding’.
When making any decision we cannot blame others for our lack of diligence but equally it’s wrong when what we are being promised is unrealistic. To advertising companies and the new PM I suggest “Say what you mean, mean what you say, and do what you say you’ll do” or as St. Paul told the people at Corinth “If I speak, but do not have love (truth?), I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”
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